The Premier League Records Manchester City Have In Their Sights

David Silva's double puts clinical Manchester City in sight of the title

The Spanish midfielder opened scoring as early as the 10th minute at the bet365 Stadium, side-footing Raheem Sterling's pass past Jack Butland.

Stoke, next to bottom in the table, showed plenty of endeavour but City were always in charge and Silva doubled the advantage five minutes after the break, converting after a swift exchange with Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus.

But in his wildest dreams he never suspected City could smash virtually every Premier League record in sight and seal the greatest title win of all time - in their own back yard - against their greatest rivals Manchester United.

Beating Manchester United to clinch the Premier League title may not eclipse the moment Sergio Aguero dramatically won it in 2012, according to Vincent Kompany.

"It was always going to be very hard against Manchester City because they are just too good and play with a lot of intensity", Jese said.

Silva, whose term has been disrupted following the premature birth of his son which has forced him to return to Spain regularly, admitted afterwards "it had been good for him to play".

"We need three wins, but we are able to do it with two (if City beat United)".

"We're still well in the mix, there are plenty of points to be played for and we'll be ready to go again on Saturday against Everton", he said. We just lost one game.

"You can not tell me that the players United have got do not look over there enviously at how brilliant and free they are playing", he said.

"Because when you look at City's team, they are so collectively on the same wavelength". They are absolutely flawless when they attack, which means they are ideal when they defend.

Silva also bagged his second league brace of the campaign - he'd only scored three in his previous seven Premier League seasons combined.

Pep Guardiola's side headed straight to Manchester Airport following the game, where they boarded a plane to Abu Dhabi. It's the fourth longest run without defeat from a Premier League debut, after Jens Lehmann (47), Arjen Robben and Didier Drogba (37 each).

There's no question as to who the dominant force in Manchester is right now, and with City already 16 points ahead of their second-placed nemesis, the runaway leaders can take extra bragging rights at the Etihad Stadium on April 7.

"If they had gone through tonight into the last eight of the Champions League, sitting pretty in second place in the league, into the last eight of the FA Cup, it would be a fantastic season".

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